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The last week or so I’ve been reading that classic of naturalist writing, The Outermost House by Henry Beston, as the last of this year’s selections for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Book Club. The book is a delight to read for those who love language – it is essentially one long prose poem. But at…

How Do You Prepare For The Unimaginable?

I’ve been reading a lot of Casaubon’s Book lately. I usually come away from it feeling like I ought to convince Mr. Z to move back to southwestern PA with me so the two of us can become gentleman farmers and live sustainably after peak oil – maybe we can live out our days in…

Plant Anyway

So, it’s Blog Action Day, and we’re all supposed to post something related to the environment. Science Woman has a very hopeful post about how “having a daughter has brought the idea of intergenerational responsibility into much sharper focus” for her. What shall I tell you? I spent a good part of this afternoon clearing…

The Permafrost Is Releasing Methane Now?

I read this article in the LA Times about Russians racing to claim the seabed under the Arctic ice as their territory, other nations fussing that it’s really theirs, and everybody ignoring that the only way they can even have this argument is because the damn ice is melting away. Only it’s even worse than…